Research undertaken by the University of Exeter shows that drones are rapidly becoming a key resource for scientists.
In a paper published in the Endangered Species Review, scientists noted a number of benefits drones have to turtle conservation.
Drones enable scientists to track turtles over big areas and in places which are hard to reach. And they can gather information in much greater detail. They are cheaper than alternative ways to gather data, such as satellite systems.
The information they collect enable scientists to discover more about turtle behaviour and their movements in the water. Drones also give an extra weapon with which to fight poaching.
What’s more, stunning footage collected by the drones really increases public interest and involvement.
What scientists don’t know at the moment is if the turtles can pick up drones in flight, and what impact it has on them, so the University says more research is needed to investigate these points.